August 28 @ 7:00 p.m. – Ida Phase 4 Mandatory Evacuation, Update 6
GLPC STORM PHASE 4: MANDATORY EVACUATION
August 28, 2021
Port Fourchon remains in Storm Phase 4: Mandatory Evacuation as Hurricane Ida moves toward landfall as a major hurricane. Hurricane Ida continues to strengthen and is expected to make landfall tomorrow, Sunday, August 29, in coastal Louisiana and likely impact the Port Fourchon area directly. Be prepared for heavy rainfall, significant storm surge outside of the levee system, and hurricane force winds.
A mandatory evacuation order is in place for all Lafourche residents and businesses as ordered by the Lafourche Parish president.
Lafourche Parish officials have also issued a curfew effective as of 6:00 p.m. tonight. The curfew will stay in place until further notice for the duration of the storm.
Effective 6:00 p.m. tonight, the South Lafourche Levee District has closed the gate over LA 1 at the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. It will remain closed until the storm threat has passed.
After the storm has passed and roadways are cleared for passage, the Port Commission will notify port businesses when limited or full access is given to tenants to return and assess any damage to facilities.
All GLPC offices are on office closure on Monday, August 30, 2021, but GLPC Harbor Police and essential personnel will remain on duty during the storm to monitor conditions and take action as needed. NOTE: Emergency services may not be readily available in areas under mandatory evacuation during extreme weather events. As during any emergency, dial 911.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS IN THE PORT FOURCHON AREA:
- RAINFALL: Heavy rainfall totals of 10-15 inches expected, with locally higher amounts from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning.
- TIDES/STORM SURGE: Potential risk of 10-15 feet of storm surge at peak for the Port Fourchon area. Elevated tides expected late Saturday into Sunday that will lead to coastal flooding. Dangerous marine conditions.
- WINDS: Strong, damaging tropical storm force winds expected from Saturday night on the coast into Sunday morning inland, with hurricane force winds expected when Ida moves onshore. A few weak and short-lived tornadoes possible in rain bands.
- ROADWAYS: LA 1 is currently closed to vehicular traffic below the Golden Meadow Lock as of 6:00 p.m. tonight.
WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (Updated 8/28/2021 @ 4:00 PM):
- Hurricane Warning in effect until further notice for Lafourche Parish and all of coastal Louisiana.
- Storm Surge Warning in effect until further notice for Lafourche Parish.
- Flash Flood Watch in effect for all of southeastern Louisiana from 7:00 a.m. Sunday through 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
EMERGENCY STORM HARBOR MARINA:
GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity.
Visit this link to view GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use:
NOTIFICATIONS AND WEATHER INFORMATION:
If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent out regularly during a weather event with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.
Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER & STORM INFO webpage for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, and contact updating forms.
We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.